On August 11 Coheed and Cambria and Taking Back Sunday, brought their co-headlining tour to the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas, filling up The Joint with avid fans from both bands. Coheed is touring in support of their upcoming ninth studio album, The Unheavenly Creatures (due out October 5th), and Taking Back Sunday is reviving their 2016 release Tidal Wave, as well as their 2006 album Louder Now. A strong showing of both old and new. Both bands have been around since 1999 (although Coheed was known as Shabutie in those days) and they both have an extensive discography.
I have only had the opportunity to see Coheed and Cambria perform live once, at the Las Rageous festival in 2017, and this was my first chance to see Taking Back Sunday, so when I was asked if I would like to photograph and review the show I jumped at the opportunity. Up to this point I was only casually familiar with the music from each of these bands, but I have always enjoyed what I have heard from them. One thing I do know about Coheed is that they have some very passionate fans! I was looking forward to finding out why.
TAKING BACK SUNDAY was first for this date, and from the very start of their set it was apparent that the crowd was quite familiar with the music they were hearing. I can honestly say that I have never heard a crowd at The Joint sing along so loudly and unabashedly as they did for Taking Back Sunday! I was genuinely impressed. Taking Back Sunday is John Nolan on lead guitar, keyboard, vocals; Adam Lazzara is their front man handling the lead vocals; Mark O'Connell plays the drums; and Shaun Cooper handles the bass guitar. Lazzara is very energetic, often swinging his mic as if he was in a roping competition. I noticed the cable had been folded over and taped down to the mic to keep from creating any stress on the plug and breaking. This is obviously something he does with regularity. He definitely knows how to get the crowd involved, and how to keep them that way. They played a solid set, more than half of which came from the aforementioned albums, Tidal Wave and Louder Now. Their sound was excellent and Lazzara's vocals were strong and clear. Definitely a worthwhile headliner!
Taking Back Sunday Set List:
What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost?
You Can't Look Back
Timberwolves at New Jersey
Liar (It Takes One to Know One)
Faith (When I Let You Down)
A Decade Under the Influence
Beat Up Car
Set Phasers to Stun